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30+ Essential Things You Should Keep In Your Car

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Many people still think that survival kits are something only for “survivalists and preppers” who are getting ready for some kind of disaster scenario.

However – there are many real-world instances in which simple survival kits can be extremely useful, getting you out of a difficult and potentially dangerous situation!

The classic example is in your car. A few years ago, I got serious about this and am so glad I did! I put together quite a significant kit for my car and it has come in VERY useful on more than one occasion. I have also found myself in a position to be of assistance to others, which is another great benefit!

We discovered an amazing page of 30 Essential Things You Should Keep in Your Car and had to share! The link is after my commentary and additions.

There are a few things I would like to add to this list: One simple one is a roll of wire – not electrical wire, but a sturdy single-stranded iron wire. If you are for example in a fender-bender and part of the car is hanging loose, you may be able to do enough of a quick-repair with the wire to keep you on the road.

I would also suggest keeping some spare fuses – most often there is a little holder for these in the fuse compartment, but make sure it is well-stocked.

Another one they didn’t mention is a set of spare bulbs for all the lights of the car. This could be the difference between getting pulled over and not, if you discover that you have a bulb out when you are away from home!

A gallon of water in a screw top plastic bottle is very useful for refilling your radiator or windscreen washer in a pinch.

Another one I am really surprised they didn’t mention is to keep a little emergency cash tucked away in the car. Essential survival tool! If you are stranded, cash can get you a room for the night, food, water, gas, public transportation, all kinds of things. Another beauty of this emergency supply is that one day, you are bound to get to the grocery store and realize that you have forgotten your wallet. Bingo! Your emergency cash-stash just saved you a journey. Keep it tucked away somewhere hidden – maybe inside the user manual or in some other obscure place no-one will look.

Another useful item not mentioned – a box of disposable gloves. Mucking around under the hood may be ok if you are in outdoor work clothes, but what happens if you need to do something to the car when you are all dressed up? These gloves are also worth wearing when refueling, so as to prevent getting gasoline on your hands!

One more – a 12″ square of sturdy plywood (one-inch). Anyone guess why? It could be a lifesaver, actually. The portable jacks that come with most cars are “just about ok” if the car is on hard tarmac – but let’s say you ran off the road and popped a tire. Have you ever tried jacking up a car with one of those stupid jacks on even slightly soft ground? Not only is it very difficult, but it is also potentially extremely dangerous. If the jack slides out when the wheel is off, as those little jacks are prone to, just pray that you are not under the car when it happens! Your square of plywood will prevent the jack from sinking into the dirt and potentially save the day.

Ok, here is the link to the original post listing the 30 Essential Things You Should Keep in Your Car: http://lifehacker.com/30-essential-things-you-should-keep-in-your-car-1263514115

Any other essentials you can think of for the car survival kit? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!

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  • By David, October 11, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    “Iron Wire”??? What is Iron Wire? I have not heard of this kind of wire before. Perhaps you mean something like bailing wire? I usually have a roll of bailing wire in my vehicle for emergencies.
    Looks like a good list though.

  • By Off Grid, October 15, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    Iron wire is just wire that is made out of iron.

  • By Patsy, October 26, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    This is a good list. The torch/flashlight is better if it is the non-battery type, that way it will always work.
    In some countries, like Spain, it is a legal requirement to carry 2 warning triangles (of a specific type), spare lamp bulbs, and fluorescent jacket. You can also get ‘bags’ that hang from the back of the back seat or the sides of the trunk so that things are stored tidily and don’t move around. But a cardboard box with a lid is just as good.
    I also keep a small toolkit (spanners, screwdrivers, screws, bolts), some elastic ropes with the hooks on the ends and some rope and string – occasionally useful if you go shopping and you buy something too big and need to tie the trunk lid down.

  • By Ros, November 29, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    A first Aid kit with several disposable gloves and gauze. I just attended a motorbike accident and luckily someone else had a good first aid kit.

  • By Sandy, December 7, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    Great tips. I agree with carrying a chock of wood for many reasons (‘though a fortuitous rock or tree branch will often do) but, if your jack “slides out” as you say, you are not using it right!

  • By Ian MacMillan, December 7, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    I have an ex-shaped wrench for changing the tires. If you’ve ever tried to change a tire in the freezing winter with the wrench that comes with the car you will know what I’m talking about. The single pole with a thirty degree bend near the end gives you almost no leverage, and those bolts and nuts get rusty after a while. And no, lubricating the nuts that hold your wheel on is not a good idea.

  • By Off Grid, December 16, 2013 @ 5:00 am

    I had one of those X shaped wrenches. It snapped at the X point – the first time I used it. Not relying on one of those again. I keep a 3 foot section of thick metal pipe in the trunk, it slips over the regular L-shaped lug wrench and provides amazing added leverage.

  • By Ian MacMillan, December 7, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    I bought iron wire at Home Depot and other hardware stores. Sometimes they just call it hardware wire.

  • By Builder Stryker, March 2, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

    This entire list can be eliminated by 4 tips;
    1. Buy an brand new 4×4 pickup
    2. Make sure you have it serviced often
    3. Always carry cash, leaving cash in your car is stupid, you should keep at least $80 with you at all times, and in most states its a law or your considered a vagrant, these laws were written before bank cards and never changed but enforceable!
    4.Watch the news before you travel more than 3 miles from civilization, Its not hard to avoid a storm if you take the time to pay attention to what the people on the news say even if you don’t believe them
    P.S. Most sane people put on winter clothes in the winter, wear a coat very warm gloves that are water resistant, thermal socks made from wool or silk, long johns or quilted pants. This should be obvious, but if you follow the first four you should be fine I’ve never heard of anyone that did and died.

  • By John Brown, August 10, 2019 @ 7:08 am

    Really liked your post. As a car owner, this is really important to know the list, what should we carry in the car. Well, you have shared a long list. I will try to accumulate all these in my car.

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